Welcome to Empowering Nurse Leaders to Impact the Community through Board Service, an online educational module designed specifically for nurses, nursing students and nurse educators to gain an understanding of board governance and how their professional experience translates to impactful contributions in an organization’s board room. The module is comprised of five instructional videos and a companion workbook, facilitated by subject matter experts Kimberly McNally and Marion Spears Karr, all available for free streaming and download, thanks to generous support from the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association.

Nurses have unique experiences and perspectives that can be of great value to boards of all types. Yet, there are limited training and resources available for nurses that empowers and encourages them to pursue board service. As you begin your board service journey, use this educational tool to help you identify how and where you can best use your individual passions, gifts and talents – and help us achieve our key strategy of 10,000 board seats filled by nurses in 2020.

Videos | Companion Workbook | Credits | Facilitators


Empowering Nurse Leaders to Impact the Community through Board Service is produced by Texas Healthcare Trustees, a statewide association whose members are Texas hospitals and health systems and the 3,000 board members who govern those organizations. THT believes a knowledgeable board member means enhanced leadership. THT provides top-tier education, resources and leadership development opportunities to trustees.

THT is the oldest trustee organization in the country, founded in 1961, and is affiliated with the Texas Hospital Association.

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All materials published by Texas Healthcare Trustees, 1108 Lavaca, Suite 700, Austin, TX 78701. No part may be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. Opinions expressed in the videos do not necessarily reflect the official policy of Texas Healthcare Trustees. Trademark and copyright © 2020 by Texas Healthcare Trustees. All Rights Reserved.

The Promise of Nursing for Texas™ Grant Program is administered by the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association. Funding for the grant program was contributed by health care organizations and Texas Team Action Coalition members. The funds were raised at a gala fundraising event sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and Texas Team Action Coalition.


About the Facilitators

Marion Spears Karr

Marion Spears Karr is a Vice President for Tyler & Company. Marion brings in-depth experience leading successful recruitment teams that specialize in nursing leadership, C-level, Vice President and Senior Director-level searches. Marion's career in healthcare executive search began in 1991. In 1999, Marion founded a boutique retained executive search firm with a unique value proposition of building strong leadership teams in healthcare, and devising plans to ensure long-term success for his clients and their personnel.

Kimberly McNally, MN, RN, BCC

Kimberly McNally, MN, RN, BCC, is an executive coach, retreat facilitator, published author, nursing leader and health system trustee based in Seattle, WA. She works with leaders and teams in health care, nonprofit, and education organizations. As President of McNally & Associates, she has served more than 100 organizations nationally and internationally since 1998. Her clients include boards, senior executives, physician and nursing leaders, educators, nonprofit organizations and professional associations. She has worked with leaders in hospitals, health systems, community health centers, ambulatory surgery centers, home care agencies, residential/long term care facilities, physician practices, medical technology companies and health plans. In addition, she has served leaders in higher education, public school districts, trade associations, housing authorities, and public utilities.

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